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- New York State Historical Association – Research Library
- James Byard, Jr. Papers
- Coll. No. 5
- Date [inclusive]
- 1.25 Cubic feet
- Funding Source
- This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
James Byard, Jr. (1872-1942) was a lawyer and politician in Otsego County, N.Y. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and practiced law in Cooperstown, N.Y. until 1923 when he moved his offices to Oneonta, N.Y. He was a delegate from New York at the Democratic National Convention in 1912, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 34th District during the same year. He is most known as the council for the defense in the famous Eva Coo murder trial of 1934. He was killed in an automobile accident near Albany, N.Y. in 1942.
Scope and Content Note
Scrapbooks (7) of newspaper clippings relating to Byard’s career. Two of them contain clippings of the Eva Coo murder case, 1934. In addition there are family papers, 1832-1870, mainly deeds and legal papers.
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|5.1 – Box 1|
|5.1/1 — Supreme Court, Bronx County (Murder Case); Rose F. Crumley, Plaintiff, against Edwin W. Crumley, Jr, Defendant (folder 1 of 2).
Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate of Edwin Crumley
Empty envelopes addressed to Mr. E.W. Crumley, Jr.
Envelope with letter addressed to Mr. E.W. Crumley, Jr.
Form 133 N: stating sentence, time awaiting trial, and discharge date of Edwin Crumley
Post Warden certification of Edwin Crumley
Withholding Receipts for Edwin Crumley
Photograph of woman and child
Empty envelope with handwriting by Byard
Handwritten papers on the case
Letter recommending Edwin Crumley from the Theodore Roosevelt Evening High School
Handwritten letters to Edwin Crumley from his mother and Rose Crumley and letter from Edwin Crumley
Summons: Action for a Separation
Notion of Motion
Letters from James Byard to Frank Nardozzi, Mrs. Edwin Crumley, and Mrs. Mary Crumley, and to James Byard from the aforementioned people
Examination of Edward [sic] Crumley, Jr., by Alexander F. Carson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Depositions of Edwin Crumley and Mary Crumley
Envelope addressed to Mr. J.J. Byard III from Sheriff of Broome County
Letter from Rose Crumley to Edwin Crumley
|5.1/2 — Supreme Court, Bronx County (Murder Case); Rose F. Crumley, Plaintiff, against Edwin W. Crumley, Jr, Defendant (folder 2 of 2).
|5.1/3 — County Court, Otsego Co.; People of the State of New York against Castle McHenry and Floyd Smith, Defendants (folder 1 of 2).
Memoranda of Law (3)
Personal handwritten notes-to-self on the trial from James Byard
Newspaper clippings on the trial
Deposition of Floyd Smith
Deposition of Castle McHenry
Letter from Edwin Verreau to James Byard
Calendar of Criminal Cases
Statement from James. A. Fink requesting Frederick W. Youmans and James J. Byard to be his attorneys, and letters between Fink, Youmans, and Byard
|5.1/4 — County Court, Otsego Co.; People of the State of New York against Castle McHenry and Floyd Smith, Defendants (folder 2 of 2).
Empty envelope addressed to Floyd Smith
Magazine: Official Detective Stories, April 1945
Photographs of The Brookside Restaurant
Calendar of Causes, Supreme Court, Chenango County
Newspaper clippings on the trial
|5.1/5 — Newspaper clippings — 1855 murder (photocopy).|
|5.1/6 — Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, including the Eva Coo case. 1898 – 1930s.|
|5.1/7 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1902-“). Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, and his run for Assemblyman. 1901-1916.|
|5.1/8 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1912”). Newspaper clippings and photographs on James Byard’s run for Congress, 1912-1914; scattered clippings on the Bishop case, ca. 1935-1954; and loose pages with clippings, 1951.|
|5.1/9 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1912-“). Newspaper clippings about James Byard and his cases, including the Eva Coo case. 1912-1935.|
|5.1/10 — Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings about cases. 1917-1921.|
|5.1/11 — Scrapbook (Woolson’s Economy Expense Book on front). Newspaper clippings about cases and Byard’s run for Assemblyman. 1918-1925.|
|5.1/12 — Scrapbook (labeled as “1925-“). Newspaper clippings about cases. 1925- 1935.|
|5.1/13 — Scrapbook. James J. Byard III. Newspaper clippings and photographs from cases. 1931-1936.|
|5.2 – Box 2|
|5.2/1 — Deeds. 1832-1865.|
|5.2/2 — Legal Papers.|
|5.2/3 — Legal Papers.|
|5.2/4 — (Geo. S.) Gorham Papers.|
|5.2/5 — Newspaper clippings; letter from Frederick L. Rath, Jr., to James Byard; and the
Peruna Lucky Day Almanac, 1903.
|5.2/6 — Receipts.|
|5.2/7 — Eva Coo trial.|
|5.2/8 — Photographs.|
|5.2/9 — Article from the